Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Pleads Guilty in Card-Game Shooting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Pleads Guilty in Card-Game Shooting

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A 42-year-old Jacksonville man pleaded guilty this week to shooting his cousin in the head and shoulder during a card-game dispute in 2011.

Nathaniel Hayward faces 25 years to life in prison for attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the State Attorney's Office. He will be sentenced the week of Nov. 18.

The shooting happened at a family party. The victim's injuries caused severe trauma and partial paralysis, prosecutors said.

Dan Scanlan


For his part in repeatedly shooting a man in the head, Jimmie "Slaughter" Gardner was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday, the State Attorney's Office said.

Gardner, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in August and will spend a minimum 25 years in the September 2012 shooting death of Edward James Williams III, the State Attorney's Office said.

Williams was found lying in the parking lot of Arlington Village Apartments. Gardner and Bryan Anthony Flowers, 27, were each charged with shooting him during a drug deal, investigators said.

Flowers is in jail awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Derek Gilliam


A man who struck several unmarked police cars then crashed into a pole while fleeing from detectives in a stolen vehicle has been identified.

Khalaf J. "Hardhead" Miller, 20, of Reid Avenue has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, several drug charges and other felonies following his arrest by Jacksonville police Wednesday.

Undercover detectives were meeting Miller in the parking lot of the CVS at Blanding Boulevard and Collins Road about 6:30 p.m. as part of a narcotics operation, the Sheriff's Office said. When they moved in to make the arrest, the suspect accelerated the car running over a detective's foot, crashing into undercover officers' vehicles and then the metal pole.

He was captured several blocks away after a foot chase following the crash. He was subdued using a stun gun while jumping over a concrete barrier. The arrest followed an undercover drug-buy operation beginning Sept. …

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